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  • Ultimate Journey

  • By: Robert Monroe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

In 1958, a successful businessman named Robert Monroe began to have experiences that drastically altered his life. Unpredictably, and without his willing it, Monroe found himself leaving his physical body to travel via a "second body" to locales far removed from the physical and spiritual realities of his life. He was inhabiting a place unbounded by life or death. Out of the Body and Far Journeys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish Mr. Monroe had written more books.

  • By DOMNIKI on 04-23-15

strange and not for me, but perhaps it is for you

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Could not finish this, even though I tried very hard. I was so looking forward to this, based on description and many many glowing reviews.

If I wasn't already a believer in OBE, and have met people who have had OBE, this book would convince me otherwise.

The dialog, (such as it was) was strange, and his descriptions of his excursions were both believable in some instances and hallucinatory in others. After a while, I started to feel like his entire body of recollections were nothing more that an assortment of vivid hallucinations and dreams.

Sorry if my opinion offends anyone, but I didn't get it.

  • The Visitation

  • By: Frank Peretti
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

The small town of Antioch, Washington is a hotbed for spiritual activity. Burned-out minister Travis Jordan has been replaced by a charismatic man who looks and behaves like Christ. Suddenly, the town is abuzz with reports of miracles and religious sightings. But Travis believes the new minister is a false messiah and senses the ominous presence of pure evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating Story

  • By B. Adair-Smith on 11-13-14

5* Multi Genre Mystery/Thriller/Supernatural &more

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Cautionary tale - filled with mystery, detective work, 'miraculous events', hope, belief, deceit and murder.

Visitation could also be described as a perfect example of the parental lesson of "don't believe everything you see, and half of what you hear'. Or 'everything that glitters is not gold'.
The false prophet arrives glittering like gold, performing 'miracles', and the good people of Antioch are taken in, so wanting to believe that he is the real thing and that they and their town have been blessed.
But there are a few cynics in town, including disillusioned former Pastor Travis, and others not willing to jump on the messiah bandwagon quite yet.
The story switches from present day, and back in time to tell Travis's history in bits and pieces. Ordinarily I do not care for this treatment, but in this book it made sense, as Travis told his past to others, and pertinent similarities to the false messiah and how Travis knew what he knew.

Richard Ferrone is EXCELLENT!!!! I have loved his performance in many other audiobooks, but he shines extra bright in this. 10 stars if I could, and I would like him to record a CD of hymns. Several in this book were like comforting hugs.

  • Lily and the Octopus

  • By: Steven Rowley
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 892

When you listen to Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the listening, and we don't want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion, Lily, who happens to be a dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dog sighs....

  • By Franca on 06-15-16

OMG WHY!!???!??? last hour redeemed the first 7

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-18

wow.. how does this book have such great reviews? ok.. it isn't terrible, but it sure does get pretty close, especially in the first 2/3rds.

And it isn't like I have issues with the 'dog voice'. LOVE Chet n Bernie mysteries, absolutely adored "A Dogs Purpose" even if it is a tear jerker.

From the reviews, I thought this book would be a similar feel good/feel sad, doggie love adventure. Oh so wrong..so very very wrong.
While on the outside, it is a doggie love adventure, on the inside is is an Andy Warhol skewed view. Almost like all Maple trees are trees, but not all trees are Maples. Who wants pine tree syrup on their pancakes? this books fits there.
I loved Lily, and liked Ted, but their adventure down the Octopus Rabbit hole, was waaaaaaayyyyy toooooooo weird for me.

I know.. my personal taste.

At about 5 hours in.. I was thinking.. OMG, is this one of the worst books I have ever read????? Put the speed at 2x, and zoomed towards the conclusion, and "hopefully' the reward for sticking it out to the end.

so.. either don't even buy this book.. or if you do, or already have.

STICK IT OUT!!

the reward comes about an hour before the end, and definitely pulls at all the heart strings, and is what all the reviews are about.

And as many other reviewers mention.. have tissues at hand.

I found myself almost sobbing, tears streaming down my cheeks, and feeling..
ah..so this is it..

ie.. the end MAKES SENSE>> and validates the trip to get there!!! but man o man, it was a long windy road to get there.






2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Trapped Girl

  • The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 4
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,108

When a woman's body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD's Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in series so far

  • By hrhjones on 01-30-17

Favorite so far and best of the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Was very surprised how good this was!
Book 4 brings it all together, in a good story, mostly believable characters, and a good flow from time period and characters. Enough suspense and intrigue to keep your interest, plot twists to keep you guessing, (or me at least anyway), tidied up nicely at the end.

I listened to book 1 about 6 months earlier, and just did books 2, 3 and 4, all in a row.
Book 2 was my least favorite. The main storyline was ok, but there were too many implausible scenes and statements. A good bit of eye rolling on my part. Not to mention that some of the subject matter / crimes, were too violent for my personal taste in books or film.

Book 3 stepped it back up, but I had issue with continuity towards the end. And again with some pretty implausible scenarios.

Like other reviewers, I do NOT care for books that jump back and forth in time, and back and forth between points of view. Separate time periods are ok, and so are multiple points of view... just don't jump back and forth like a ping pong game. I think audio books suffer more than print books in this regard.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • If You Find Me

  • By: Emily Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,404

Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have lived in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember. Now abandoned, they must fend for themselves - until they’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of comfort. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her to play the music that helps her survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever listened to!

  • By Diane on 05-11-13

Heartwarming and heartwrenching 5 STAR

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-17

First off, this was an awesome book. Extremely well written and performed. One of the top 5 books I have read this year (approx 70ish so far)

This book is really about a heroic, intelligent, mature beyond her years, girl, who not only survives a horrible childhood, but manages to also care for her younger sister.

Highly recommend!! Inspirational tale of survival. Hope you love it as much as I and other 5 star reviewers!

It belongs in Fiction rather than SciFi/Fantasy, and some of the scenes and subject matter are too graphic for younger teens. (in my opinion)
Also the blurb about High School drama is misleading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mercy Blade

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 3
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,772

Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane - or so he says.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still Going Strong!

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 01-09-14

Good story.. terrible audio. Review about audio

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Apologies to the narrator..(who did a good job) mainly the audio problems were due to production.

The audio on this was terrible! Have loved the other previous books in this series..but this one was excruciating to listen to.. and mostly I listened in the car and not earbuds!.. In too many places, the male voice would be SO LOUD.. would have to turn the volume down..then the female character would be speaking in such a soft voice, almost a whisper, that I couldn't hear what she was saying, so up goes the volume, and skip back 30 seconds.. then the male voice would about burst my ears!!! read the book. If I hadn't gotten it on sale.. would have returned it..
on afterthought, parts were like those commercials that have the volume at full blast..
still like the story line and author, but production was sub par.. will be going back to paper, or kindle versions

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Highwayman

  • A Longmire Story
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,470

When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man's-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving "officer needs assistance" calls. The problem? They're coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half century ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LISTENED TWICE! AMAZING TALE! ADDICTIVE SERIES!

  • By Daniel Williams on 05-17-16

Big story in a small package

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-17

As a fan of other Longmire books, this one did not disappoint. It still had all the elements of a 'feature length' novel, but tidied up in a small package.
Good initial mysteries - radio calls and coins
Colorful and memorable characters
interesting encounters to solve the mysteries
and as always George Guidall does an excellent job of narration.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Vanishing Point

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

thriller with a nightmare scenario: a parent who loses her child in a bustling international airport. Young Jimmy Higgins is snatched from an airport security checkpoint while his guardian watches helplessly from the glass inspection box. But this is no ordinary abduction, as Jimmy is no ordinary child. His mother was Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer and alienated from her unreliable family, entrusted the boy to the person she believed best able to give him a happy, stable life: her ghost writer, Stephanie Harker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So close to being great

  • By Brock on 03-19-13

98% of book is good - leave the last bit behind

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-17

Wish I had read the other reviews, before the book, and not listened to the last 10 min or so. In total agreement with reviewers about the unsatisfying final ending.

Overall a good plot, well defined characters, great interaction and dialog between them.

Advice I agree with: when they are on the porch and front door opened - just stop. Make up your own resolution.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!

  • By Diana on 01-20-11

Vegas buffet of mystery/suspense. Has it all

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-17

This book should show up in the 'Hidden Gems' sale. Excellent writing and superb performance. There really was a bit of everything in this book. Betrayal, innocent man convicted of heinous crime, murder, romance, revenge.

The Publishers summary blurb, does not do the book justice, nor intrigue a reader further. BUT.... it might be a better read to not know too much going in. The first few chapters were slow, but wow! once it came together and the story started flowing, it was a like roller coaster ride with highs, lows, and plenty of twists and turns.

Well crafted characters and lovely scenery.

Great ending! with a final shock.
Will look for more from this author and narrator

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,244

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Tedious is a dish best served abridged

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Aside from Caroline Lees outstanding narration, I found the Lake House to be tedious, wordy, and had an almost anticlimactic wrap up. I have to agree with many other critical reviewers, that while a good story overall, there were way too many subplots and tangents that were mostly just word fillers and not pertinent to the story.

By near to 10 hours left, and the story hadn't progressed very far, I switched to 1.5 speed, then 15 minutes later, upped it to 2x speed. Just get to it already!

The main characters, while likable overall, were a rather mishmash of personalities. No one central character that you really bonded to or cared about. Meh.. Meh Meh. Possibly with the exception of Benjamin. But we never got much of his story, but that became clear at the very very end.

Have to strongly disagree with reviewers that say this is Kate Mortons best yet..

The Forgotten Garden was a 5 star all around. Great Story and characters that drew you in. Absolutely loved that book!.

The Secret Keeper fell somewhat short of The Forgotten Garden 5 stars, but was a solid 4 star with characters you bonded with and cared about. And a good story that flowed rather well, It did somewhat get a bit windy in the middle, but got back on track and flowed onward.

The reasons I did not quit and return this book:
a) I did want to know- what ever happened to Baby Theo
and b.. I got it on sale, so lower standards than a full credit book

2 of 4 people found this review helpful